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Applications Being Accepted Sept. 20-Dec. 13 for 2022 Cincinnati Fringe Festival

CFF_logoThe Nineteenth Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival will run Friday, June 3 through Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Applications will open on September 20 and close December 13.

This year, we are doing away with the Early Bird period and offering a pay-what-you-can sliding scale for the entire application period to encourage greater diversity within our applicant pool.

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Pick of the Fringe Winners for 2021

CFF21_logo2The Cincinnati Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce the Pick of the Fringe winners for 2021:

  • The Audience Pick: MEERA’S KITCHEN from Beena Raghavendran
  • The Critics’ Pick: THE BELLE AND BOONE HELM from Hannah Gregory
  • The Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producer’s Pick: CONTINUUM from Performance Gallery and Solasta Theatre Lab
  • The Linda Bowen All-Access Pick: YOU WILL LIVE UNDER THE SEA from Queen City Flash
  • The David C. Herriman Artists’ Pick: THE BUTTERFLY HEIST from Kelly Morton

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CFF21: My Fringe Show Rankings

CFF_The Belle and Boone HelmUpdated 6/18/21 1:30pm

Below I am ranking the shows I’ve attended to date, based on a number of criteria from the voices in my head. 🙂 Please understand that differences between shows in the rankings can be infinitesimal. Only 15 more video on demand shows to go! -Rob

  1. THE BELLE AND BOONE HELM (VOD)
    Smartly written, beautifully filmed, and a strong ensemble led by Gregory and an intense and scary Dylan Shelton.
  2. YOU WILL LIVE UNDER THE SEA (VOD)
    Written by Trey Tatum. Directed by Bridget Leak. Performed by Tatum and Jordan Trovillion. This team never disappoints. Join them this year as they ruin a children’s book. Rated R for language. “I want my f@#$ing jet pack!”
  3. THE PRIME OF MISS JEN JOPLIN (VOD)
  4. HORSETALE (VOD)
  5. THE BUTTERFLY HEIST (OS)
  6. UNBOXING (VOD)
  7. PLANET OF THE GRAPES LIVE (LS)
  8. UNINTENTIONAL SIGNIFICANCE (VOD)
  9. BETSY CARMICHAEL LIVE AT THE BINGO PALACE (LS)
  10. HARAMBE (OS)
  11. ONE EASY LIE (LS)
  12. PANTHER WOMAN (OS)
  13. NAUGHTY BITS (VOD)
  14. DIED IN A TRAILER PARK, WOKE UP A MERMAID (VOD)
  15. AWAY, NOW (VOD)
  16. AN EVENING WITH GWENDOLYN (VOD)
  17. DANGEROUS WHEN WET: BOOZE, SEX, AND MY MOTHER (LS)
  18. MEERA’S KITCHEN (LS)
  19. #TXTSHOW (ON THE INTERNET) (LS)
  20. TILTED FRAME @ HOME (LS)
  21. TWITTERHATED (OS)
  22. REWIND-A-BUDDY (LS)
  23. SAFE (VOD)
  24. FROM RUSSIA WITHOUT LOVE (LS)
  25. CONTINUUM (LS)
  26. THE PARK CRUISING DIARIES (OS)
  27. ON MAINTENANCE (OS)

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Performance Artist Makes Ohio Debut Live from His Home in Washington D.C.

CFF21_txtshowSocial distancing from 2,735,040 feet apart

Cincinnati, Ohio via the internet (June 4, 2021) — In the midst of an international virtual tour* (during a global pandemic), award-winning performance artist and actor Brian Feldman will bring the online version of one of his signature projects to the 18th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, as one of more than 40 theatre productions available to audiences as part of this year’s festival.

#txtshow (on the internet) is a crowdsourced, immersive, multiscreen performance featuring a mysterious character named txt (pronounced “text”) who recites a script written anonymously in real-time by a live audience (on the internet). It’s the best show you’ll write all year.

Created and performed by Brian Feldman, this LIVE, interactive performance takes place on Zoom, originating from his home in Washington, Douglass Commonwealth. This production serves as Brian’s Ohio debut.

Please Note: This LIVE show relies on a high level of audience interaction. Audience members must keep their camera and microphone on the entire time they are in the show. The content of the show is based entirely upon what audience members write in anonymity and, as such, may contain mature themes, profane language, sudden loud noises, and potentially triggering content or themes. Recommended for 18+.

*6-countries, 21-cities, 80-shows (as of June 2, 2021)

This project was supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

To see the full 18th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival lineup, visit: https://cincyfringe.com

WHAT: #txtshow (on the internet)

WHO: Created and Performed by Brian Feldman

WHEN:

  • Sat, June 5 @ 6:15 PM EDT
  • Wed, June 9 @ 6:15 PM EDT
  • Sun, June 13 @ 6:15 PM EDT
  • Wed, June 16 @ 6:15 PM EDT
  • Fri, June 18 @ 6:15 PM EDT

All shows are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC-4).

Participating from another time zone? Check the time difference here.

RUN TIME: 45 minutes

WHERE: Zoom (on your computer, phone, or tablet)

Ticket buyers will receive an email from Cincy Fringe with a link to the Zoom meeting.

PRICE: $10-15

TICKETS: https://cincyfringe.com/txtshow

Only 20 tickets available per performance.

ABOUT CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL:
A 14-day celebration of theatre, art, music, film, dance, and everything between — that’s Kinda WEIRD. Like YOU! Now in its 18th year, Cincy Fringe (as it’s succinctly known) presents over 200 performances of 40+ theatre productions each May and June, plus art galleries, screenings, concerts, workshops, classes, and nightly parties. cincyfringe.com

ABOUT BRIAN FELDMAN PROJECTS:
Brian Feldman is an award-winning performance artist and actor. He lives in Washington, Douglass Commonwealth where, as the news website DCist noted, “In a city that has an advocacy group exploring how to ‘make D.C. weird’ – and is still struggling – Brian Feldman is a shining beacon of eccentricity.” His work has been featured on television, radio, in print, and online, earning critical comparisons to the likes of Marina Abramović, David Blaine, John Cage, Christo, Marcel Duchamp, Tehching Hsieh, and Andy Kaufman. Since August 2003, he has presented 400+ performances of 130+ projects at 175+ venues and festivals in cities worldwide via Brian Feldman Projects, one of the world’s premier presenters of experimental time-based art. brianfeldman.com

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Beat Covid Gloom by Playing BINGO at Cincy Fringe with BETSY CARMICHAEL LIVE AT THE BINGO PALACE

CFF21_Betsy CarmichaelA LIVE virtual interactive comedy…with BINGO!

BUFFALO to CINCINNATII to YOUR HOME – After a year of a global pandemic shutting down schools, restaurants, and BINGO Halls, Betsy Carmichael is facing one of her greatest challenges yet…technology! She is on a mission to bring BINGO back to every man, woman, and child. Betsy Carmichael’s BINGO Palace is open and streaming LIVE into your home!

Betsy grew up as a BINGO caller’s daughter in Buffalo, NY and from the time she had won her first BINGO she was hooked. Now an international BINGO celebrity, Betsy Carmichael has dedicated her life to bringing BINGO to the masses and now she’s doing it one home at a time with Betsy Carmichael LIVE at the BINGO Palace.

The award-winning Betsy Carmichael’s BINGO Palace is now going virtual directly to the comforts of your own home with her interactive comedy, Betsy Carmichael LIVE at the BINGO Palace. How is it interactive from home??? Betsy will send you your own digital BINGO cards so you can play along and be “part of the act” on Zoom! Betsy Carmichael LIVE at the BINGO Palace guarantees an hour of escape from your troubles with laugher, stories, prizes and of course the fabulous Betsy Carmichael. Digital performances for Cincy Fringe stream live from The BINGO Palace in Buffalo, NY June 6-18, 2021.

WHAT: Betsy Carmichael LIVE at the BINGO Palace
WHO: By Joey Bucheker and Mary Kate O’Connell, starring Betsy Carmichael
WHEN:

  • 8:00 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 6
  • 6:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 8
  • 8:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 9
  • 1:00 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 13
  • 6:15 p.m. EDT Friday, June 18

WHERE: LIVE from the BINGO Palace into your own home via the intertubes.
HOW MUCH: $10-$15
TICKETS: www.cincyfringe.com/betsy-carmichael/
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes
WEBSITE: www.betsybingo.com

BIOS
BETSY CARMICHAEL “The First Lady of BINGO” has dedicated her life to spreading the word of BINGO! From her humble beginnings, as the daughter of a BINGO caller in Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Carmichael has become an international BINGO icon bringing her own unique style to the game. Mrs. Carmichael was entertainer for the USO when she came to the attention of and later partnered with Bob Hope. She has held “BINGO for Peace” at 5 international summits and has awarded her the coveted “Medal of Patriotism” for her BINGO work throughout the United States. In the seventies Mrs. Carmichael had a residency in Las Vegas at the Sahara Hotel and made numerous television guest appearances on variety and game shows including “The Match Game”. When not at the BINGO Palace, she can be found touring the country bringing BINGO to the masses again.

JOEY BUCHEKER (Creator/Co-Writer) is the 2017 Broadway World Regional Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Killer Rack the Musical. Performing credits: Off-Broadway: Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Regional: Hello, Dolly! starring Carole Cook, Mame with Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth, It Shoulda Been You (Artie Nom.), Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Artie Nom.), Young Frankenstein, West Side Story and God in An Act of God. Mr. Bucheker has created two sequels in the Betsy BINGO franchise, The Betsy Carmichael Christmas Special and Betsy Carmichael’s Hawaiian Luau BINGO and produces the tours through Betsibu Productions.

MARY KATE O’CONNELL (Director/Co-Writer) is one of the most imaginative and respected members of Buffalo’s Theatre Community. Ms. O’Connell is the Executive/Artistic Director of O’Connell & Company and creator of Buffalo’s longest running show, DIVA by DIVA a Celebration of Women. Notable roles: Glorious! (Florence Foster Jenkins), Nunsense (Rev. Mother), Dear World (Countess), Sweeny Todd (Mrs. Lovett), and The Lady with All the Answers (Ann Landers). Ms. O’Connell is a multi-Artie Award winning actress including a Lifetime Achievement Award and an induction to the Buffalo Theatre District Association’s Plaza of Stars.

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